Year 3

Welcome to the wonderful world of Year 3!  We have three Year 3 classes at The Discovery School located in the main building, to the left of the school office.  The three classes in Year 3 are:

  • Curie - taught by Miss Beard and Miss Smith
  • Nightingale - taught by Mrs Coldwell (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday), Mrs Healey ( Thursday, Friday) and Mrs Stiff
  • Pasteur - taught by Miss Coppard and Mrs Catchpole

Life in Year 3 is full of excitement. This is the year at The Discovery School that the children have the opportunity to:

 

  • Have swimming as part of their PE lessons!
  • Start to learn to speak French.
  • Earn the much coveted "Pen Licence" – when their handwriting is immaculate!
  • Have tennis lessons!

Topic

Throughout the year we look at the following cross-curricular topics:

  • Terms 1 and 2: Yabadabadoo! - A study of the Stone Age to Iron Age.

Science: we are comparing and classifying rocks and soils

Art and Design Technology: we are experimenting with different grades of pencil, as well as mixing and using primary colour paint. We are also working with levers and linkages to create movement.

Computing: we are working collaboratively to find appropriate information and beginning to look at programming.

PSHE: we continue to develop a Growth Mind-set approach and we are also working on how we use our Zones of Regulation to cope in different situations.

History: we are using a range of artefacts and evidence to describe the past.

Music: we are using our aural memory to recall sounds. 

R.E. we are making links between different beliefs in society.

 

  • Terms 3 and 4: Sink your teeth into the UK - A geography and DT food study of the UK.

Science: Light and shadow. We will be exploring how light occurs, how it can be used for protection and how shadows are formed.

Design and Technology: Children will be developing skills in stitching, cutting and joining as part of a sewing project to make a handy pocket.

PSHE: We will be covering values like - respect for others, bullying, empathy and relationships.

Geography: This is our first deep dive into the subject of physical and human characteristics of the country in which we live.

R.E. In order progress learning in this subject, the children we begin to study the Bible and the practice of prayer, with comparisons across different religions.

French: Learning the language continues with - Days of the week, numbers, describing their appearance and the vocabulary for animals.

Computing: The children will start to study coding and making their own programs 

 

  • Terms 5 and 6: Groovy Greeks - A study of the Ancient Greeks. 

The Soil Workshop

 

The children conducted a ph test on various soil samples in order to determine whether the soil was acidic or alkaline. They also discussed why this test was important  for farmers and cultivators.

 

 

 

 

Testing whether a soil has good drainage was quite a lot of fun.........

 

Examining the soil using magnifying glasses and testing its consistency using water was the messiest fun of all!

Homework

Reading every night – to be recorded in the reading record (if a child records this, please can an adult over see this occasionally to check in). Children are expected to read every night and will be rewarded for this on a weekly basis. 

  • Reading Challenge - The expectation is that children will complete one activity from each column between now and the end of term. All children who complete the reading challenge will be rewarded with a film afternoon. Please remember to sign off the reading challenge as proof that your child is completing the activities.
  • Times table practice – Children must practice times tables at home each week. We will notify which times table your child should be working on each week. Do not forget that every child has access to TT Rock stars. https://ttrockstars.com/
  • Weekly spellings to learn - using a variety of methods. The children will be tested on these weekly. A copy of the spellings for the term can be found below.  

Swimming

Swimming takes place on a Tuesday afternoon - this is a statutory requirement.  Each class goes swimming at Larkfield for two terms during the year.  Pasteur class are swimming during terms 1 and 2.  Curie class are going during term 3 and term 4.  Nightingale class will be going in terms 5 and 6.  On the days that they go swimming, they will need a named towel, swimming costume and a hair brush or comb.   We strongly recommend that the children are also provided with a set of goggles.  All of this should be brought in a suitable waterproof bag. If your child has long hair, they must tie this back. Larkfield swimming pool require children to take their earrings out for swimming lessons.


Year 3 Reminders and Letters

- Please remember that both indoor and outdoor P.E. kits must be in school and labelled at the start of each term.

- Children do not need to bring in a pencil case with equipment. Everything they need will be supplied.

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Forest school reminder.pdf
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Y3 Parent Information Evening

Click here to see the Power Point from the Information Evening


Key Dates

Class Assemblies:

 

Curie Class: 5th May 2020

Nightingale: 12th May 2020

Pasteur: 2nd June 2020

 

Please arrive for the assembly performance of your child at 9:00am

Class Timetables


Provision maps

Please click here to access the whole school provision map outlining all the interventions taking place in the school.  If you have questions about any of the provision that is taking place for your child, please ask your child's class teacher.

We launched our Stone Age topic with a range of exciting activities including: Cave painting and an archaeological dig.

 

What a great way to learn about this fascinating period in history!

Open Door

 

We have an open door policy and are always happy to meet with you. A face to face discussion is usually preferable after school - except on a Wednesday when we have a staff meeting. However, we appreciate this may not be convenient for everyone, so feel free to contact us using the following options, should the need arise:

 

  • Telephone 01732 847 000 – ask for a call back and the class teacher will aim to return your call the same day.

 

Please remember that Staff will not be checking their emails after 5pm or during weekends/holidays and we have a 48 hour response time. However, if necessary our email addresses are as follows:

 

 Mrs Coldwell, Nightingale - ccaldwell@discovery.kent.sch.uk

Mrs Healey, Nightingale - chealey@discovery.kent.sch.uk

 Miss Beard, Curie - tbeard@discovery.kent.sch.uk

 

Miss Coppard, Pasteur - pcoppard@discovery.kent.sch.uk 

 

 

 

 


Provision Map

Click here for our Provision Map


Useful Information

Click on the links below to access online copies of classroom documents: